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Health Language Solutions Advance Semantic Interoperability with Data Normalization Capabilities

Wolters Kluwer Health, a leading global provider of information for healthcare professionals and students, announced today that it will demonstrate how its Health Language® Enterprise Terminology Platform can be used to integrate normalization services into health IT systems in Booth #1346 during the HIMSS14 Annual Conference & Exhibition in Orlando, FL, February 23-27.

In today’s healthcare landscape, patient information is spread across multiple communities and IT systems. These systems often contain varying terminology platforms—from clinical to administrative to those based on standards or localized clinical concepts. These disparate terminology lexicons must be normalized into a standard language so that the meaning of the data is unambiguous.

The automated translation algorithms within the Health Language Enterprise Terminology Platform can be used to normalize full catalogs or distinct elements from cryptic and poorly maintained source data into standard terminologies. A web-based access portal enables collaboration on translation and task review while also maintaining full terminology content versioning and a complete audit trail.

“The healthcare industry is dealing with a critical semantics challenge as the complexities associated with translating disparate clinical terms between health IT systems continue to obstruct interoperability and hinder wide-spread data sharing,” said Brian McDonald, Vice President, Health Language, Wolters Kluwer Health, Clinical Solutions. “Health Language solutions enable payers, providers and vendors to unlock the value of their data, resulting in interoperable, industry-standard data for use in reporting, analytics, data warehousing and other enterprise applications.”

For more information on the Health Language Terminology Platform, visit Wolters Kluwer Health in Booth #1346 during HIMSS14.

About Wolters Kluwer Health
Wolters Kluwer Health is a leading global provider of information, business intelligence and point-of-care solutions for the healthcare industry. Serving more than 150 countries and territories worldwide, Wolters Kluwer Health’s customers include professionals, institutions and students in medicine, nursing, allied health and pharmacy. Major brands include Health Language®, Lexicomp®, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Medicom®, Medknow, Ovid®, Pharmacy OneSource®, ProVation® Medical and UpToDate®.

Wolters Kluwer Health is part of Wolters Kluwer, a market-leading global information services company. Wolters Kluwer had 2012 annual revenues of €3.6 billion ($4.6 billion), employs approximately 19,000 people worldwide, and maintains operations in over 40 countries across Europe, North America, Asia Pacific, and Latin America. Follow our official Twitter handle: @WKHealth.

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